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Interim Hodgenville mayor opens up about new role

Kenny DeVore Kenny DeVore
Lora Lamb Lora Lamb

HODGENVILLE, KY (WAVE) – May 16 marked the first full day on the job for new Hodgenville Mayor Kenny DeVore.

The night before, the city council voted unanimously to remove Terry Cruse from office over accusations he stole thousands from taxpayers. The council then voted to appoint DeVore, a fellow council member, as interim mayor throughout the remainder of the year.

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"I don't really want a congratulations," said DeVore. "I need support and prayers."

"I'm glad that they did something about the mayor," said Hodgenville resident Lora Lamb.

As a hometown girl now raising her own family in the city, Lamb viewed DeVore's appointment as a step in the right direction.

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"I do like Terry Cruse," began Lamb, "I've known him for a long time but I don't know how you can be under indictment and still continue with being the mayor."

"There's really very little trust in the local government," said DeVore.

DeVore said he would commit to repairing the city's reputation. While adjusting to his new role will take some time, DeVore said monitoring his predecessor's next steps in his bid for LaRue County sheriff were not on his list of responsibilities.

"I mean, that's what the law says you can do," said DeVore. "He's not been convicted of anything."

Clerk MaDonna Hornback, however, remained a concern for the newly appointed mayor.

"Well, she didn't come to work," said DeVore. "I'm going to try to get in touch with her this afternoon and ask her what her intentions are."

DeVore's interim term will end at the end of the year. He said he is currently undecided as to if he will run for election come November.

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